Tuesday, July 2, 2019

One hundred and nineteen days in the project #CriticalThinking in 365 concepts

Seventeen weeks completed. Six weeks plus six weeks of theoretical introductory work and two weeks on education followed by three weeks on energy.

By the next indexing next week we would have crossed the threshold of one third of our journey of one year. 

We are unstoppable. Next week that starts today and another week after this one shall be entrepreneurship. It's only natural that we cross from education to energy to entrepreneurship. 

Let's recall the past week:

113. Hierarchy

114. Gangrene

115. Torrent _or_ Recovering

116. Fish _or_ Warm Body Pets, or discussing the Paradox of Value

117. Harness adversity

118. Time and energy

119. Chain link

I am certain few of us thought either three weeks ago or seventeen weeks ago that (1) gangrene is an energy related concept, or that (2) we would have introduced before one third of the year three principles of thermodynamics without even naming them so.

We are left with showcasing how the homework for number 115 was supposed to be done. We promise we've done it. The quote after we finished an early draft was:

"All of your connections are far fetched, and I know you. How do you expect anyone else to make those?"

and my answer was of course:

"I actually don't expect anyone to make those same connections. That is how I'd do it. Everyone can do their own reasoning why torrent fits here best, or not, or why recovering fits better or not. The harnessing fear of a torrent and taming its energy instead is just my take at the question. Everyone can find, I am sure, much better ways to answer than my own."

Naturally, the goal remains that we can take any concept or situation needing analysis—this last week it was energy—, and we can select a fitted set of prior introduced concepts to bombard it with so that we delve deeper into understanding its intricacies and connections, systemically internal and external alike. 

To think, and to think well, may be considered by all of us as being the same as vicariously playing the greatest ever Super bowl or World Cup soccer game right down in the field along with Peyton Manning or Gheorghe Hagi while sitting in the easy chair and watching them play and shouting "go go go," but trust me: it's not. Nothing beats standing up and getting into the field to play and actually _become_ like Manning or Hagi of good thinking ourselves. 

Merely listening to another's argument, then either criticizing, or better yet appropriating that someone else's thinking and calling it our own doesn't make it our own. Nor does it make us thinkers. Actually training for it and then playing the game of better thinking is what makes us players in the game. Try it. The feeling and the power are mesmerizing!;) There's absolutely nothing else like it. Think about it: self induced high without either the costs or risks of running into trouble with police or anyone. 

Then again, maybe one of these days we'll have to answer questions when applying for positions that would sound like "Have you been thinking? If offered employment do you agree to subject yourself to a test to verify that you have not been thinking illegal thoughts?"

It's not illegal yet.

Adrian S. Petrescu, Ph.D., J.D.

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